• Length: 20.5km

  • Duration: 8hrs

  • Grade: 3-4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Mount Loch carpark

  • End: Mount Loch carpark

  • Location: Alpine National Park

  • Closest Town: Mount Hotham village

  • Distance from CBD: 375km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -36.97520553

  • Longitude: 147.1382366

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Dibbins Hut - Mount Loch Circuit is a 20.5km, grade 3-4 circuit hike, located in Alpine National Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 8hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

As the original Dibbins Hut, built in 1920, was beyond repair, a new hut was built on the same site in 1987 using similar log construction and design. Standing on a snow plain beside the Cobungra River it makes a pleasant destination for a day walk or an overnight hike. Follow the pole line past Derrick Hut and down Swindlers Spur to the hut near pole 187.

This Dibbins Hut - Mount Loch Circuit hike can be done as a long hard day walk or as a Medium to Hard 2 day backpack. If backpacking the best spot for an overnight campsite is at Dibbins Hut.

The walk begins at the Mount Loch car-park and follows a 4WD road along a ridge towards Mount Loch. There are few trees in this area so the views are excellent. Just short of Mount Loch, turn right on to the Australian Alpine Walking Track, reaching Derrick Hut about 1 ½ km after the turn-off.

The flowers in this area are usually very prolific. After Derrick Hut continue to follow the ridge with good views out through the burnt snow gums. The last kilometre before Dibbins Hut drops quite steeply and those with wonky knees will find a walking pole an advantage. Dibbins Hut is set in a delightful river flat beside the Cobungra River and it is a good spot for lunch. (There is a pit toilet there).
The Hut was built in 1987 to replace the original Dibbins Hut, built in 1920, which was beyond repair. Similar log construction and design was used for the 'new' hut.

The return route first crosses the Cobungra River on a small bridge, climbs a few metres and then crosses Cobungra gap into the watershed of the East Kiewa River. Travel north-east to the Red Robin Battery and then swing southerly along a 4WD track that climbs steadily to the Red Robin Mine and then follows a fairly level ridge back to Mount Loch and then to the start at the car-park.

About the region

The Mount Hotham area was affected by bushfires in February 2013 and this area of the Alpine National Park was closed as at 15 February 2013. It is essential that you check the Parks Victoria website for the latest information and details on park and track closures prior to visiting this area.

Getting there

Drive to Mount Hotham via the Hume Highway, Wangaratta, Myrtleford and Harrietville. Stop at the Mount Loch carpark about 2km before the Hotham Heights village.

GPX File

Total distance: 20584 m
Max elevation: 1850 m
Min elevation: 1207 m
Total climbing: 1096 m
Total descent: -1094 m
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39 thoughts on “Dibbins Hut – Mount Loch Circuit (20.5km)

    1. Angela Reynolds lol, you crack me up. Shall we continue this conversation on the ‘other side’…so we’re not hogging this site too much??!!

    2. Girls, I’ve committed time to the fox run the weekend of the 20th, forgot to mark it on my calendar.
      I’m unable to head off til midday.

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